Register Staff Report
The Berea Community Pirates bounced back from a disappointing loss two weeks ago to pick up a big 34-26 win over Lynn Camp Friday in their district opener.
During their bye week, Berea coach Adam Coleman said he and his staff really challenged their team following its lackluster performance against Ludlow.
On Friday, the Pirates responded in fine fashion.
Berea took the opening kickoff and marched down the field to score on a 1-yard run by Jason
Strong. Deondre Tate ran in the two-point conversion to put the Pirates up 8-0.
Lynn Camp quickly responded with two touchdowns of its own, but missed both two-point conversions to go up 12-8.
The Pirates retook the lead just before the half when quarterback Kevin Reed hit Tate for a 30-yard touchdown pass to give Berea a 14-12 lead at the half.
Berea continued the momentum in the second half.
After holding the Wildcats on the opening possession, the Pirates marched downfield and scored on a 3-yard run by Tate to go up 20-12.
Lynn Camp once again answered back getting a 20-yard run for a touchdown by quarterback Caleb Gray to cut the lead to 20-18.
The Pirates came up with a huge stop on the two-point conversion attempt when sophomore Daniel Lawniczak dropped Gray for a loss to preserve the two-point lead.
Leading 20-18 to begin the fourth quarter, senior Robbie Watkins returned the ensuing kickoff 80-yards for a touchdown. Tate hit C.J. Isaacs for the two-point conversion to extend the Pirates’ lead to 28-18.
Jason Strong made it 34-18 a few minutes later with a 37-yard scamper for a touchdown.
Lynn Camp refused to quit and came up with a big pass play for a touchdown to cut the lead to 34-26.
The Wildcats stopped the Pirates on downs on the next possession and got one last chance to pull out a win, but the Berea defense once again came through to hold them to preserve the win.
Coleman said he was proud of the way his players responded in the game.
“We really challenged our kids personally two weeks ago and I was really proud as to how they answered tonight,” Coleman said. “I thought our offensive line played phenomenally, the defense played well. It was a total team effort.”
Coleman said it was by far the best game of the year and the improved play couldn’t have come at a better time, beginning district play.
“I hadn’t seen that team all year, even in the Bracken County game when we were able to win handily,” Coleman said. “It was definitely our best overall performance for sure. We played physical, we blocked hard, we ran hard. This bodes well going forward. I couldn’t be happier with my team.”
The Pirates travel to Williamsburg next week for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.